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The Man With the Violin

by Kathy Stinson
Illustrator Dusan Petricic

Annick Press | August 8, 2013 | Hardcover

The Man With the Violin is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man With the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn''t. So try as he might, Dylan can''t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can''t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.

Vividly imagined text combined with illustrations that pulse with energy and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With an afterword explaining Joshua Bell''s story, and a postscript by Joshua Bell himself.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 8 × 10 × 0.62 in

Published: August 8, 2013

Publisher: Annick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554515653

ISBN - 13: 9781554515653

The Man with the Violin is a rare, special thing - a book that will move you, warm your heart, and bring you closer to the children in your life. Picture a young boy and his mommy, rushing through a busy day when the boy hears a strange, beautiful sound weaving through the crowds, played by The Man with the Violin. Our little hero helps his mommy slow down find a moment of wonder in a typically hectic, harried day. This is a perfect book to share with your favourite child from 6 to 10 years old – it’s about amazement, beauty, and knowing that there’s wisdom in even the smallest child. For little readers, The Man with the Violin shows them that their voices do matter. And for parents and grandparents? It’ll bring a tear to your eye and remind you that children can teach us as much as we teach them.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Lovely Memories' I bought this book because it brought back memories of when my son studied violin. He's a grown man now and while he didn't become a musician he certainly appreciates good music and good books. Then this year when Canada Chose it as "The Children's Book of the Year" I just had to send my son a copy. He, too, thought the book was very well written and illustrated and deserved the award it received.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stop and listen....beauty is all around you This book is based upon a true story.  This book makes you stop and think about how you conduct your life and if you are missing out on the beauty and solace that is all around you because you are always busy and on the go.  Dylan, the  adorable main character of the book, was with his mom going to the subway when he heard the most beautiful, heavenly music that he had ever heard.  He looked around and his eyes locked with the common-looking man, wearing a baseball cap, who was producing that melodious music from his violin.  He so wanted to stay and listen but his mom was in a hurry, (as most adults are) and she tugged on him to keep moving or they would miss their train.  All day long that music swirled around in his head and made him lightheaded and very happy.  When they finally got home that night, and mom was preparing dinner, that same glorious music that he had heard earlier that day floated out from his radio and totally filled their apartment.  The radio announcer identified the man who had played so exquisitely in the subway as one of the best violinists in the world. Dylan could not believe his ears and he quickly got his mom's attention. He was so excited and said to her, "See we should have stopped to listen."  Realizing her faux pas she grabbed her little boy and together they were swept off their feet as they danced and appreciated the glorious music that was playing from that man's precious Stradivarious on the radio right into their hearts.  The artwork in this book is stunning.  The illustrator made perfect choices to depict the fluidity and flow of the music and contrasted it to the chaos and noise that usually surrounds us on a daily basis. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to warm your heart! The Man with the Violin is a rare, special thing - a book that will move you, warm your heart, and bring you closer to the children in your life. Picture a young boy and his mommy, rushing through a busy day when the boy hears a strange, beautiful sound weaving through the crowds, played by The Man with the Violin. Our little hero helps his mommy slow down find a moment of wonder in a typically hectic, harried day. This is a perfect book to share with your favourite child from 6 to 10 years old – it’s about amazement, beauty, and knowing that there’s wisdom in even the smallest child. For little readers, The Man with the Violin shows them that their voices do matter. And for parents and grandparents? It’ll bring a tear to your eye and remind you that children can teach us as much as we teach them.
Date published: 2013-12-02

– More About This Product –

The Man With the Violin

by Kathy Stinson
Illustrator Dusan Petricic

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 8 × 10 × 0.62 in

Published: August 8, 2013

Publisher: Annick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554515653

ISBN - 13: 9781554515653

From the Publisher

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man With the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn''t. So try as he might, Dylan can''t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can''t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.

Vividly imagined text combined with illustrations that pulse with energy and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With an afterword explaining Joshua Bell''s story, and a postscript by Joshua Bell himself.

About the Author

Kathy Stinson is the author of over 25 books for young people, including the beloved, bestselling Red Is Best. She lives near Guelph, Ontario.

Dusan Petricic is an editorial cartoonist as well as the award-winning illustrator of such children''s books as Mattland, Bone Button Borscht, and Mr. Zinger''s Hat. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

by Kathy Stinson ; illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Editorial Reviews

Stinson''s melodious descriptions and Petricic''s colourful swirls seem to envelop the reader, captivating them just like the music captivates Dylan.
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